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Monkey 'adopts' human mother

The Times

A rare baby South American monkey has “adopted” a human mother after being rejected by his own. Julio, only the second woolly monkey to be born in captivity, was abandoned by his mother and survived only because his father wrapped his tail around him to keep him warm. Now Julio is being cared for by Alison Cronin, a primate expert, after being born at Monkey World in Dorset on March 16. Dr Cronin keeps Julio in a blanket and takes him everywhere. He is as demanding as any human infant, and needs milk and pieces of banana every three hours. He also has to have an extra-small nappy changed. She said: "We tried to get him back with his mother but she doesn’t want to know. I have been looking after him 24/7. He is wrapped in a blanket with a hot-water bottle and sleeps in a cage next to my bed."

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